Construction of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless began in 2021—and transitional housing services continued to show success
The City of Hayward and nonprofit supportive housing operator and developer Abode Services celebrated the start of construction on Nov. 15 of 125 micro apartments for formerly homeless residents and very low-income households in need of housing assistance.
The new residential project at 2595 Depot Road will consist of 125 living units 281 to 296 square feet in size constructed in an L-shape building rising three and four stories high with wrap-around services, including on-site social workers, case management, and classes and workshops for residents.
The project is one way the City of Hayward is responding to increasing homelessness and part its overall strategy adopted by the City Council in July called Let’s House Hayward.
Another component is to move willing individuals off the street and into temporary shelter and transitional housing—an initiative that began two years in November 2019 with the opening of the City of Hayward’s Housing Navigation Center.
The Center, which celebrated its two year anniversary on Nov. 18, has moved nearly two-thirds of its residents into permanent housing while at the same time weathering and adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through December 2021, 153 individuals have exited the Center, with 98, or 64 percent moving directly into permanent housing.